As the 2010 season has just passed the mid-way point, we at the MAPL would like to take a moment to reflect on the first half of the season and contemplate the remainder of the series. First and foremost, we want to thank all of the teams that have participated thus far, not only for their loyalty to the league but also for their passion and commitment to the sport itself. During the last two events (as those who attended are already aware) the extreme weather conditions created some opportunities that could have easily pushed players towards a negative experience. Throughout the record-breaking heat, rain, and a heavy schedule players exhibited tremendous sportsmanship and an honest concern for the safety of their fellow competitors. Players and staff alike reminded one another to stay hydrated and keep cool. We are honored to have teams that conduct themselves in such a manner be the heart of the league.
We would like to take this opportunity to recap some of the changes that have been made, in order to make this “A true player’s league”:
- The Race 2 format (with individual team pits) was adopted this year to keep pace with changing customer trends.
- Entry fees were lowered in an attempt to help teams afford the tournament series.
- The APPA registration and scoring system was implemented to reduce ‘sandbagging’ and enable online, real-time scoring.
- Shade tents with fans and misters were erected for spectators and players.
- Six water stations were setup for players and spectators.
- A ‘misting tent’ was erected for over-heated players and spectators.
- Six active fill panels were available to eliminate air lines.
- Referee clinics were conducted in the beginning of the season, to help maintain focus and make clear the expectations of the league to our referees and staff.
- Electronic scoring displayed for players to monitor real-time scores.
We are dedicated to improving the players’ experience throughout the season. This commitment is evident by the latest negotiated sponsorship agreement with Procaps that resulted in more cash being added to the existing prize package.
We are committed to continue to grow the league as well as to enhance the players' experience. To that end, listed below are a few ideas that we are considering:
- Reduce APPA ID card fees for the last two events of 2010. Typically $40/player, we would reduce the fee for players that are new to the MAPL to $20 for Event #4 and $10 for Event #5 (the last 2010 Event).
- In recognition of the loyalty of players who attended all five Events in 2010, the 2011 APPA ID fees will be reduced to $20/player from $40. For players who attended three Events in 2010, the fee will be reduced to $30.
- Introduce a true X-Ball format (the MAPXL) in 2011, starting with a minimum of 8 teams in the league. More to come on this......
- Larger pits for teams with air stations at the entrances and larger spectator areas.
- MAPL sponsored Pro clinic(s), at reduced cost or free to MAPL teams.
- The addition of a Pump Division.
Our goal is to build a tournament series that focuses on players first and foremost. It really is that simple. See you at Event #4, September 18th and 19th.